Health and Wellbeing
Longer, happier and healthier lives
We all want to live longer, happier and healthier lives and promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents is an important part of what we do.
Many factors combine to affect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, not just the use of health care services. This includes individual circumstances and the local environment such as where we live, inherited characteristics, income, education, life experiences, behaviours and choices, and our relationships with family and friends. These factors are often referred to as the "wider determinants of health".
We are in a good position to influence many of these factors not just through our core services but also our wider leadership role supporting communities and influencing other organisations. Through our work, we want to create a more vibrant and healthy place for people to live and work.
There are many ways to stay healthy and active in the Dover district. For example, did you know that we look after more than 200 parks, open spaces, play areas, allotments, commons and woodlands? Please see our Leisure & Tourism pages for further information on how you can get active in the district.
Take control of your health
It's never too late to take control of your health.
Take the 'How are you' online health quiz to find out how you are doing.
For further information and advice, please see the Health and Wellbeing pages below.
Health and Wellbeing Pages
Making small changes now can improve your health right away.
Continue living active, independent and fulfilled lives.
Top tips for a heathy winter.
How children and young people can be happier, healthier, safer, more fulfilled and ready for adult life.
Find out about plans to improve health and social care in Kent & Medway.
How the structure of the NHS in England was reorganised following the Health and Social Care Act
A plain English guide to the most commonly used words and phrases in health and social care (external link)
How you can get active in the Dover district
Our Environmental Health team deal with a wide range of environmental issues including air quality, food safety and health and safety at work.